Search for naked woman in Washington forest suspended

Search for naked woman in Washington forest suspended
In this photo tweeted by the Clark Co. Sheriff's Office, searchers enter the woods on Saturday morning.

STEVENSON, Wash. — Rescue crews have suspended their search for a Vancouver woman who set out naked in a forest on a spiritual quest last weekend.

Nineteen-year-old Maureen Kelly walked away from the Canyon Creek Campground just after 5 p.m. on June 9 carrying only a knife and a fanny pack. She was reported overdue before daylight Monday.

"We have utilized very professional search and rescue personnel during these operations”, said Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox in a news release. “They are very well trained and we rely heavily on their expertise to search very difficult terrains in various weather conditions. For us to not be able to locate Ms. Kelly is very frustrating to everyone involved."

About 75 volunteers took part in the search Saturday. They left from a command post at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument headquarters in Amboy.

One searcher suffered an ankle injury and one of the K-9s split its paw, Cox said.

"We are very fortunate that we did not receive any more injuries today, based upon the terrain we asked our search personnel to work in," he said.

Cox said deputies will routinely continue to patrol the area and detectives will continue to investigate any tips.

"As credible information is obtained in the coming weeks, it will be evaluated and options discussed at that point," Cox said.